We are Bond fans. Bond fans watch James Bond. Good Bond. Bad Bond. The rule says we will watch it. The movie that’s always put that rule to the test was 2002 special effects and CGI extravaganza, Die Another Day, aka Bond xXx, aka Jesus Bond Rises Again. But the #Bond_age_ treatment presents the loophole most Bond fans need to get over their Die Another Day hesitancy — good goddamn Twatter and the company of cynical friends.
Die Another Day was the first Bond film I saw in the theater with my wife (then girlfriend). I remember being largely speechless upon exiting the theater. Searching for some explanation for what we’d just seen. She wasn’t a Bond fan, and I’d pinned a lot of hopes on this film to help her see the light. Suffice to say, I’d have to wait until Casino Royale in 2006 to make that final conversion.
Join #Bond_age_ for the “celebration” of 15 years of disillusionment, I mean Die Another Day, on Wednesday, November 15th @ 9pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag and sprinkle in #DAD15 to confuse the interwebs.
Every so often the stars align in the #Bond_age_ universe. Sometimes by accident. Sometimes with much forethought. Okay, maybe not “much forethought.” “Some forethought” maybe. When I first started the Ladies’ Night series of live tweets to celebrate the women of the James Bond films, I went through the list and picked the movies I’d like to live tweet. When I arrived at Britt Ekland, I stumbled. How could I pick just one. Let’s be honest here; Britt Ekland made a lot of movies worthy of #Bond_age_ live tweet fodder. I left that box on the Excel spreadsheet blank.
As I input the dates into the calendar, roughly one per month, I noticed that Ms. Ekland’s date fell in October. Without hesitation, I went back to my Ladies’ Night spreadsheet and typed in:
WICKER MAN, M’F’ERS.
Christopher Lee. Britt Ekland. Halloween. Not since the great Zardoz live tweet of 2016 had I had the opportunity to program something as batcrap unusual as the original 1973 Wicker Man. Unsettling and unlike anything you’ve ever seen, The Wicker Man serves up a delicious Christopher Lee performance and more WTF moments than one live tweet can handle. But goshdarnit we’re professionals by now and we’ll roast it with the best of them.
Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, October 25th for the First Annual (?) #Bond_age_ Spook_tacular_ live tweet of THE WICKER MAN. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag. Programming begins at 9pm ET. The embed will go live on Wednesday.
Because Moneypenny has the week off, I messed up the calendar for October and had misplaced DR. NO’s 55th Anniversary date. Now that I’ve got the #Bond_age_HQ mostly back on track (I still need someone to pick up coffee filters), I can confidently say that this week we celebrate the 55th Anniversary of James Bond’s emergence from the cinematic birth canal.
Join us on Wednesday, October 4th for the 55th Anniversary of Dr. No! Live tweet begins at 9pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag and use the #DrNo55 tag liberally.
You love Jane Seymour. We love Jane Seymour. Let’s live tweet a Jane Seymour movie, shall we? But where in the world do you start? What movie could offer both Jane Seymour and enough silliness to play the muse of a great evening of live twatter?
…what movie… what movie, indeed…
Oh Heavenly Dog? Ugh.
How about Somewhere in Time!?! No. You’re right. Maybe lacking in the prime twatter fodder.
The TV movie Praying Mantis co-starring Barry Bostwick! Bingo! Ehhhh… maybe another time.
Damn. Well, we’ll think of something.
In the meantime, join #Bond_age_ for the live tweet of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger on Wednesday, September 27th at 9:00pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
1967. Raquel Welch as an American skydiver named Fathom Harvill.
Do you need another reason to watch Fathom? Let me answer that for you. Tony Franciosa? Clive Revill? Okay. I can’t vouch for the film, necessarily. There is a reason we haven’t presented this film in a “just because” presentation. I will vouch for it’s live tweet possibilities and mention that Roger Ebert gave this film ZERO stars. Babes, beaches and bullfighting. Did I mention Raquel Welch? Yes? Well, I just wanted to make sure.
Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, September 20th at 9pm ET for the Fathom live tweet. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
Here’s the opening of Fathom to tease your sensibilities.
This week Pam and I finally found a skippable Steele episode from Season 2. Just one. We should offer this skipped episode up as homework. There will be quizzes at the end of the live tweet.
We settled on “Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws” and “My Fair Steele” because of notable guest-stars for classic film fans. The episodes are mid-tier but that shouldn’t negate any live tweet shenanigans, except those that concern Murph as he’s still on sabbatical.
Our first episode, the 9th episode of Season 2, concerns mobsters and boxing and child endangerment. The episode guest stars Bert Remsen, Ken Foree and Paul Stewart. Stewart appeared in a few small projects by the names of Citizen Kane, In Cold Blood and Kiss Me Deadly. You may have heard of them.
In our B-Side episode this week, a terminally-ill millionaire hires the Steele agency to locate the twin sister of his cantankerous adopted daughter. The actress playing the twin sister dual roles happens to share my birthday (September 13th) and appeared in Jaws 2 as Tina.
Dust off your lady fedoras. This week it’s time to do some more investigating with Remington Steele. Join #Bond_age_ for the 11th Volume of Remington Steele live tweets on Wednesday, September 6th @ 9pm ET. We’ll be watching Episodes 9 and 10 from Season 2. Follow #Bond_age_TV hashtag.